Junior Minister for Justice Frank Fahey tonight apologised after his ministerial car was caught travelling at almost 80 miles-per-hour.
The minister’s State Mercedes was pulled over by gardaí outside Loughrea in Co Galway just hours after his department announced a new traffic corps to combat dangerous driving and speeding.
“I very much regret that this happened,” Mr Fahey said. “Obviously it is a mistake on our part and it shouldn’t have happened and it is an embarrassment. I’m sorry for it.”
Mr Fahey’s ministerial garda driver received an on-the-spot-fine after they were caught speeding in a 60-mph zone on a National Primary Route between Craughwell and Loughrea in Co Galway last week.
“We just left Galway close to midnight on our way to Dublin last Tuesday and we were stopped by the traffic corp.
“He was doing 79 miles-an-hour and I very much regret that this happened. I wasn’t aware he was travelling at that speed I was doing a bit of work at the time,” the Galway west TD said.
The 53-year-old is the fourth minister to be accused of speeding over the last four years.
The junior minister from Menlo in Co Galway told RTE Radio: “All I can say is I’ll try not to let it happen again.”
Mr Fahey said he had not yet discussed the matter with the Justice Minister Michael McDowell.
Just hours before the speeding incident, Mr McDowell had vowed to put 1,200 gardaí on the road to deal with drink driving, speeding and congestion.